Health

Three schools report positive tests

Three South Holland schools are among 22 across Lincolnshire that have reported positive coronavirus tests over the last seven days. According to data provided by Lincolnshire County Council, Moulton’s John Harrox Primary School, St John the Baptist Primary School in Spalding and Sutton St James Primary School have been in contact over the last seven days (25 Nov-1 Dec) to ...

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Spotlight on mental health in Lincolnshire

Mental health will be under the spotlight in South Holland with new initiatives. Community Mind Matters will be going live via Zoom next month for training.The December 11 session will concentrate on training your brain for happiness.It will be hosted by committee member and hypnotherapist Emma Rose.“Through this session people can begin to understand the workings of their brain and ...

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Good news from QEH

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is one of the first to see 90 per cent of patient-facing staff vaccinated against flu.The hospital’s trust body held two 24-hour jab-a-thons which saw more than 270 staff vaccinated.The news comes in tandem with the announcement that the medical device SAFIRA has won a prestigious award for the Medovate team. It was ...

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High cost of COVID and tiers to come

South Holland residents are due to discover on Thursday what tier of restrictions will be in force once lockdown ends next week. The county’s Care Commissioning Group (CCG) also met yesterday and it was revealed that the cost of COVID-19 to the local health service is £27.2m to the end of October.With the new three-tier restrictions due to come into ...

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Care home hit by virus outbreak

The devastating effects of coronavirus on care homes have been laid bare with one having reported a number of deaths in recent weeks. Ashwood Care Home in Spalding Common, which is run by Country Court, has seen a large number of infections, though the company has not said exactly how many people have tested positive or died as a result ...

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Recognition for TB team

The NHS team behind an initiative to offer screening for latent tuberculosis, general health checks, information and advice to factory workers in south Lincolnshire have been shortlisted for a national award. Staff from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) impressed judges in the Team of the Year category of the Nursing Times Awards 2020 with their efforts to improve ...

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Concern over future of hospital services

The future of walk-in services at Spalding’s Johnson Hospital remains uncertain with staff at its Minor Injury Unit having been moved elsewhere and a proposed upgrade looking set to fail. As part of the NHS Healthy Conversation, the hospital was being considered to be upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) alongside Gainsborough. Last week it was announced that town’s ...

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Don’t neglect health check ups

Health bosses are encouraging patients to get tested for suspected bladder cancer after a number of people choose not to attend their appointment. Since June this year, over 70 people have declined a cystoscopy test for suspected bladder cancer saying they would not be able to self-isolate for 72 hours before their appointment because of work or other commitments. Andrew ...

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Helping to feed those most in need

South Holland companies and groups have been helping feed youngsters this half term after MPs voted not to fund school meals during the half term and at Christmas. One business owner said she served 75 free meals in the first two days of the campaign inspired by Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford. He campaigned to extend the free ...

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MP’s urge on lockdown as virus cases rise

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has urged against lockdown restrictions for the area as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. More schools have been affected in the area in recent weeks while Pilgrim Hospital has closed three wards and stopped visitors from attending after an outbreak there The Voice understands local care homes are also being affected ...

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Shortage of chemicals leads to delays in blood tests

Patients are experiencing delays in routine blood tests due to a shortage of chemicals. The Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group say a problem with NHS supplier Roche is the reason why GP practices are not able to meet demand for tests currently. A spokesman for the Lincolnshire CCG said: “Unfortunately the problems being experienced by NHS supplier Roche are not fully ...

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Three wards closed after COVID-19 outbreak at hospital

Three separate wards at Pilgrim Hospital have been closed off after ‘a number’ of patients and staff tested positive for COVID-19. United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust, which runs the Boston hospital, says it believes the cases in wards that are not linked are connected. A spokesman said: “We have a number of patients and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 ...

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Pub remains open after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

A team of staff working at a Spalding pub are self-isolating after a colleague tested positive for COVID-19. The Punchbowl in New Road remains open with another team of staff serving customers. The pub is overseen by the Craft Union Pub Company which said that the government track and trace system had been informed. A spokesperson for The Punchbowl said: ...

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MP cuts the ribbon on new Spalding care home

South Hollands and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has cut the ribbon on Spalding’s newest care home. Fenchurch House is County Court’s 33rd care home and has been built on the site of the former Goodfellows School on Spalding Common. It can home up to 60 people offer long term residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care. ...

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GP surgery is to stay at Johnson?

A ‘temporary’ arrangement to run a GP service at Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is to stay at the community hospital for at least another two years. The service was first established after the Pennygate Surgery closed its doors in August 2018. At the time the new surgery was said to be at the hospital only as a temporary measure. The Lincolnshire ...

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Mum’s life saved by quick thinking staff

A healthcare worker has thanked her colleagues for saving her life in the first week of a new job. Quick thinking staff at Tulip Dental Surgery administered two adrenaline shots to mum-of-one Madeleine Burton after she suffered an extreme allergic reaction last Thursday, her fourth day working for the Woolram Wygate practice. Staff at Pilgrim Hospital say their swift actions ...

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South Holland residents ‘behaving themselves’ over virus – council leader

Most people in South Holland are “behaving themselves”, the district council’s leader has said in relation to low numbers of COVID-19 case in the area. Lord Gary Porter told a meeting of the authority’s Full Council that the area hadn’t seen large increases in the coronavirus as experienced elsewhere leading to extra measures, including that pubs close at 10pm. Lord ...

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Amazing Alfie (2) walks 27 miles to help other families like his

An incredible two-year-old who has fought off a host of medical issues has completed a 27-mile sponsored walk. Alfie Barraclough, of Holbeach, has raised over £1,000 for the charity Bliss which helps the family of premature or sick babies such as himself. Alfie was born 12 weeks premature, weighing just 1lb 7oz and has battled health issues for most of ...

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QEH buys BMI hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has bought a private facility which shares its site. The King’s Lynn-based hospital, which also serves South Lincolnshire, has bought the private BMI Sandringham Hospital which is next door at the Gayton Road site. Members of the board of directors and governors council have approved the purchase this week. The 76 staff will be transferred from ...

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Learn all the signs of sepsis

A health group in Lincolnshire is urging you to get to know the warning signs of sepsis. As part of World Sepsis Day, Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group is urging the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms of sepsis to protect themselves and others from this life-threatening condition.The number of people developing sepsis is increasing, with around 123,000 ...

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